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“The Salary is too poor,” says African US-Based Lecturer Who Refused to Teach In His Home Country

Cursory: A Ghanaian lecturer living in the United States says he rejected the chance to teach at KNUST and Kumasi Technical University because of the salary. Speaking in an interview on YouTube, Prof Agorkle said the salary offer the two institutions presented to him was not enough to make him move back to Ghana. He said that teaching is a high-earning job in the USA as compared to Ghana, which is why he chose the former.

A Ghanaian lecturer living in the United States has opened up on why he turned down the opportunity to become a university lecturer in Ghana.

In an interview sighted by on the YouTube channel of SVTV Africa, Mathematics professor, Rowland Dela Agorkle said the issue of salary was the major stumbling block that hindered him from accepting an offer from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and even the Kumasi Technical University to become a lecturer.

KNUST and even Kumasi Technical University wanted to employ me as a lecturer when I was in Ghana last year. However, they could not meet my salary expectations. The amount they offered me was not even up to ₵4000. It was between ₵3000 to ₵4000” he said.

He said looking at his salary in the US, it would not have been a wise move to accept the offer even though that would have meant returning back to his motherland.

“I don’t want to go into details about my salary but I take way above $5000 a month. Some of the professors even take up to $10,000, so you realized returning to Ghana was not going to be the best decision”, he added.

When quizzed whether teaching is a lucrative career in the US, Prof Agorkle responded in the affirmative, urging Ghanaians who yearn to work there to make a move.


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